Casa Milà (La Pedrera) by Antoni Gaudí
1. Architectural introduction to Casa Milà.
This house, located in Passeig de Gracia 92, was commissioned by Rosario Segimon and Pere Milà, an accommodated couple from Barcelona.
They were so impressed by Casa Batlló that they also wanted their own iconic house. Do you dream about it too?
The project was ready in 1912. Due to its radical-looking, it became famous very fast. Antoni Gaudí, one of the main figures of modernism in Spain, made it again. He surprised the world with this masterpiece!
When you arrive, you will see an undulating white facade without corners in front of you. Gaudí´s design makes you think of the plasticity of the sea. Light and heavy at the same time.
Casa Milà is also known as ¨La Pedrera¨ (The Quarry), due to its material and shape.
You can imagine it as a big rock which was carved directly from the ground. It seems more natural than artificial!
This project is a reflection of Gaudí’s artistic fullness: it belongs to his naturalist stage (first decade of the 20th century).
Casa Milà represented a radical difference with the Eixample houses, however rich and ornate they were. This new house was not comparable to anything else.
The idea was to build a large and paradigmatic building. The main floor was established as the main residence, the rest of the building for renting. Something common at the time.
It was built as two blocks of houses, with independent entrances. Both blocks are connected by two large interior courtyards, with a sinuous common facade that shows the interior rhythm.
The building is divided into nine levels: basement, ground floor, mezzanine, main floor, four upper floors and the attic.
In 1986 Casa Milà was acquired by Caixa de Catalunya, which has carried out continuous conservations and restorations works.
The houses on the fourth floor, the attic and the roof-terrace are open for visitors. The other floors are occupied by offices or still by some residents.
Casa Milà was declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1969. In 1984 Unesco included it within the World Heritage Site `Works of Antoni Gaudí´.
¨La Pedrera¨ is one of Antoni Gaudí’s most controversial designs. Wavy shapes, ornamental delusional details, surrealistic roofs, dreamy paintings on the walls, etc.
Are you ready to discover more about it? Don’t just use your eyes, open your five senses.
2. What to see in Casa Milá?
Casa Milà will allow you to explore more about Gaudí´s mind. Here, you will find magic spaces where you will experience Gaudi`s connection with nature.
He had an innovative spirit, and he was a great observer of nature.
“Nothing is invented, for it’s written in nature first.”
“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”
These are some of his thoughts where we can appreciate his deep connection with nature and its laws.
Gaudí was an extremely peculiar figure and in Casa Milà he developed an incredibly personal and fascinating masterpiece.
If you like discovering new ways of understanding art and life, welcome to Casa Milá, one of the most extravagant houses you will ever see.
The Facade. An architectural sculpture.
La Pedrera gets its name because of the marvellous limestone facade. It seems like a huge wave which appears in the middle of Passeig de Gracia.
The facade is self-sustaining and independent of the rest of the building. Casa Milà is divided between the structure and the skin.
Gaudí had total freedom to design an iconic facade without structural limitations. Steel beams with the same curvature support the weight of the facade.
The balconies are made of wrought iron, with a decoration of abstract and vegetal motifs. Gaudí even designed a type of ceramic hexagonal tiles to place on the pavement of the street.
He was up to design everything you can imagine.
The facade can be read in three parts: the ground floor facade, the main and upper floors and the roof structure, where the attic is located and supports the roof garden.
The facade was covered with stones forming wavy arches, which were then retouched by the stonecutters until the desired shape by Gaudí was achieved.
With undulating shapes evoking sea waves, this facade introduces you to this eccentric world. You will feel you are dreaming once you enter here!
The Flowers Courtyard.
Inside the building, you will find a colourful courtyard. The walls are full of vibrant paintings inspired by flowers and nature.
A magical bright atmosphere invites you to enter here. Take the spectacular staircase and keep discovering.
The Butterflies Courtyard.
In this courtyard, everything seems to be alive. Again, natural feeling against artificial.
You will see here a big butterfly waiting for you. It is in between inside and outside. Close to the staircase, another butterfly is calling you to go up. Just magical!
The Pedrera Apartments. How were people living 100 years ago?
Entering here is like travelling to the past. You can feel how a rich family was living during the first years of the 20th century. The decorations and the furniture are close reproductions of how it was before.
You will also find all the small details Gaudí designed, like knobs, handles, mouldings, doors, pavements, etc. Take a look!
The Attic. Are you inside a fairy tale?
At the attic, you will discover a very original Gaudí´s design.
It was designed independently of the rest of the building. It was built as a system of brick catenary arches, and it was placed above the roof. It seems like you are inside of a big whale skeleton.
Gaudí used nature to get inspired, and he found fascinating solutions one more time. Here, you will find ¨Exposición Gaudí¨ as well.
An exhibition which is full of information about the artist´s works and ideas. You can not miss this!
The Roof Terrace.
The views from the roof terrace are simply spectacular. Almost 360º to enjoy Barcelona. You will take the best pics ever!
Few chimneys, made specially to provide ventilation and lighting, are standing as warriors with ceramic helmets.
The balconies here are also something to appreciate. They are made of iron simulating climbing plants.
The structure of the roof is an organic geometry which is composed of 270 parabolic arches.
This is one of the must-see places in the city, enjoy it!
The floor of the Milà family. Showroom.
On the main floor, you can find the residence of the Milà family, the first owners of the building and those who commissioned the project.
You will see a few original elements such as stone columns sculpted with sea shaped reliefs and inscriptions and some nice ceiling.
In this space, you can also find exhibitions from time to time. It will be open only if there is an exhibition.
3. Guided Tours.
If you want to visit Casa Milà and get to know first hand all the details and ideas, maybe you could be interested in a guided tour. Discover how nature inspired the design of the building and Gaudi´s imaginary.
This is one of the most impressive buildings in Barcelona, don´t miss it!. Take the chance and enjoy the experience as best you can.
The visit will be made with a small group and with a knowledgeable guide.
The guided tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Your visit will be unforgettable!
4. Visit on your own.
If you prefer to visit it on your own, there are some tips you might need.
Due to its popularity, Casa Milà can be very crowded, so it is best to buy tickets online.
Avoiding long lines, you will have more time to enjoy your visit. And better memories! No one likes long waiting times.
It can be handy to avoid peak hours. If you want to take nice pictures, it is better to go early in the morning or in the evening when you will find fewer people.
The view from the roof terrace is impressive. Get inspired by its shapes and take original pics.
The upper floors close 15 minutes before the closing time, be aware of it and don’t miss anything.
You would need approximately one or one and a half hours for the visit. The opening times change depending on the season, so check our FAQs below and decide what is best for you.
5. How and where to buy tickets?
You can buy the tickets at the Casa Milà but it can be a hard task. This masterpiece is one of the most famous attractions, so it’s going to be busy. For sure.
The best idea is to buy tickets online and avoid the queues. Receive them via email, SMS or in our app and show them on your smartphone (no need to print), easy!
You will have to worry only about enjoying it!
Where is Casa Milà?
Casa Milà is located in the centre of Barcelona, in the Eixample district. It is in the corner with Passeig de Gracia 92 and Calle Provenza.
Opening times. What’s the best time to visit Casa Milà?
Casa Milà is open every day from 9:00 a.m.
The closing times can change depending on the season.
From March 1 to November 4 it closes at 8:30 p.m. and from November 5 to February 28 it closes earlier at 6:30 p.m.
Special hours: Christmas, from December 26 to January 3, closes at 8:30 p.m. January 1 opens at 11.30 a.m. and closes at 8.30 p.m.
Try to avoid peak hours and your visit will be calmer. Early in the morning is the best choice. Remember, earlier, fewer people. Then, you will have the rest of the day to continue enjoying Barcelona.
How to get to Casa Milà?
Casa Milà is located in the centre so it is quite easy to reach.
-Bus: V15, V17, H10, H8, 7, 22, 24, 6, 33, 34.
-Metro: Lines 3 and 5. Diagonal Station.
-Train: Passeig de Gracia Station.
-FGC: Estación Provença – La Pedrera
Accessibility for the disabled and people with reduced mobility.
Everyone is welcome at Casa Milà. They have different programmes and services to ensure that La Pedrera is accessible for visitors with diverse capacities and needs.
Accessibility for people with physical disabilities is not a problem here. The house is accessible to people who use wheelchairs. Some lifts and ramps connect the various floors.
They also offer different sensory resources for people with impaired vision or hearing and people with learning disabilities.
If you have any questions you can contact them in [email protected]
What is the average length of the Casa Milà visit?
The average length might be between one and one and a half hours. It depends on how much time you want to spend there.
You will find plenty of details and a very nice roof terrace where you can take a break, enjoy the amazing views and take plenty of pics.
What are the rules when visiting Casa Milà?
To enter you will have to show the ticket. It is important to keep it during the visit in case they ask you later.
Children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult.
Handbags will be checked at the entrance checkpoint.
Backpacks must be left at the free left-luggage office on the ground floor.
Guide dogs are allowed into the building.
It is forbidden to touch artworks or the pieces of the collection.
It is forbidden to take photographs using a flash.
Smoking, eating and drinking inside the building are not permitted.
How much do the tickets to Casa Milà cost?
General ticket: 24.00€
Kids: (7-12): 12.00€
Kids (0-6): free
Seniors (+65): 18,50€
Catalonia inhabitants (adult): 12.00€
Catalonia inhabitants (kids 7-12): 6.00€
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